Can my Skin be Oily and Dehydrated at the Same Time?

Can my skin be oily and dehydrated at the same time? A surface abundant in oil, yet thirsty beneath, is a seemingly paradoxical, yet common, state for skin. Allow us to guide you to restoring balance, addressing the unique needs of skin that's both oily and dehydrated to find harmony f in controlling oil production and quenching hydration. 


Absolutely. Oily skin, often misunderstood, can indeed experience dehydration. The presence of excess oil is not a sign of hydration. Dehydrated skin is lacking water, not oil. With this in mind, even with an oily surface and clogged pores, your skin can still be lacking the essential moisture it needs, leading to a combination of surface oiliness and underlying dehydration.  

Why Oily Skin Can Be Dehydrated

When the deeper layers of the skin are parched and needing hydration, it triggers a response to compensate for the lack by producing more oil. The skin, in an attempt to restore balance, produces even more sebum, creating a surface sheen though the underlying layers of the skin remain thirsty. This cycle can lead to a state where the skin is both oily and dehydrated, craving not just oil control, but also deep, quenching hydration.

Often, dehydration occurs when our daily routines don't support our skin's natural hydration needs. Factors like not drinking enough water, over-indulgence in diuretic beverages like caffeine and alcohol, or a diet lacking in water-rich foods may contribute to the dehydration of oily skin. Drinking water, sipping dandelion tea, nourishing your body with plenty of cucumber and celery, and drinking more water can help boost the skin’s hydration levels. 

Citrus fruits rich in vitamin C support collagen production, which indirectly aids in the synthesis of hyaluronic acid; vital for keeping skin plump and dewy.

Food journaling can also help you become mindful of how sugar and processed food might influence your equilibrium

Overexposure to sun, wind, or dry air can further sap the skin's moisture. Additionally using skincare products which overwork the skin and remove natural lipids can prompt the skin to overcompensate by producing more oil.  

A balanced skincare routine can help your skin produce the right amount of natural oils, delivering hydration and protection without excessive oiliness.

Signs Oily Skin Is Dehydrated

An intimate observation of your skin’s behavior and appearance can help identify signs of dehydration. You might observe that despite an oily surface, your skin feels tight or shows dry patches. Another indicator is skin that appears dull and lacks the plump, radiant look of a beautifully hydrated complexion. These presentations suggest oily yet dry skin is craving moisture at a deeper level.

How To Solve Oily, Dehydrated Skin

Our protocol for managing oily, dehydrated skin involves a comprehensive approach, focusing on adding hydration, helping skin retain moisture and balancing oil to bring skin into harmony.

Cleanse without overworking the skin, using either our Purifying Cleansing Gel or Cleansing Milk, both neutral pH cleansers, to wash away impurities without over-stimulating oil production. Cleansing Milk, infused with soothing Lavender and purifying Fo-Ti, adds hydration, while the Purifying Cleansing Gel's Aloe Leaf Juice and Cucumber Fruit Water soothe and re-hydrate the skin. 

To treat active acne, apply Clarifying Dermagel, a spot treatment blending Thyme, Tea Tree, and Myrrh, alongside hydrating Aloe, offering a natural solution to blemishes by helping the skin retain moisture. 

Precious essence of Rose is a divine skin equalizer, promoting hydrated skin while balancing oil production. Its nutrient richprofile supports the renewal of skin cells, a perfect choice for restoring skin's natural balance.

Help oily and combination skin find its equilibrium with our floral tonic Bulgarian Rose Water, the collection’s most pure experience of Rose.

Essential C Tonic is another great floral toner to help skin find its balance, infused with citrus essences. Luminous Morning Crème is the best moisturizer for oily but dehydrated skin, blended with uplifting including Neroli and Sweet Orange, both excellent for oily or combination skin types. 

These ingredients serve not just to invigorate the senses, but also to brighten and revitalize the complexion. 

The burst of Vitamin-C and essential nutrients provided by these citrus ingredients  is particularly cherished by oily, combination, or blemish-prone skin, whisking away dullness and imparting a clear, luminous glow. The inclusion of citrus in your daily skin care  ritual, especially in the morning, sets the tone for a day of clarity and radiance.

Understanding that the answer to can my skin be oily and dehydrated at the same time is yes, it certainly can, paves the way for targeted, nurturing care. With the right balance of hydration and oil management, your skin can transition from a state of imbalance to one of harmony and luminous health.

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